1-½ Inch Dubia Roaches make excellent feeders for animals that can handle a big insect. This is as big as Dubia roach nymphs get before they mature into adults.
And these guys are big. They weight a lot for their size, as well they should. They’ve been gorging on healthy roach food for many months. They are nutritionally replete, and they retain some of the nutrients they consumed. This is because they eat not just to grow, but also to store nutrients they’ll later use in adulthood.
1-½ inch Dubia are almost always in their final nymph growth phase. In fact, some may even turn into adults between the time they ship and the time they arrive.
As we’ve said before, Dubia roaches are outstanding feeders for many reasons. Superior gut load-ability is one. This is where large Dubia like 1-½ inch nymphs stand out. Literally. These guys can pack away an enormous amount of food. And when they do it’s very easy to see. Their full stomachs cause serious body elongation. If you’re in to gut loading, that bulging belly is the signal they’re ready for feeding.
Interestingly, the difference between a hungry Dubia roach and one that’s fed can be double its body weight or more. This is especially true for larger Dubia. This is why you want to give feeder roaches nutritious foods that are not only good for them, but also for the animals that eat them. What goes into them often ends up in the prey animals unchanged.
Like all our roaches, we feed our 1-½ inch Dubia fruits and vegetables. We also feed them our own special Dubia roach chow that contains nutrients for every stage of growth. Of course, we feed our organic roaches organic foods and feed ingredients. Late-stage nymphs like these are full of nutrition, thanks to a lifetime of healthy eating!
1-½ inch Dubia Roach Sizing Notes
1-½ inches is about the largest size for Dubia roaches. We do our best to get them as close to this size as possible.
This measure assumes they are fed and hydrated. Roaches may become dehydrated in-transit. Hungry or dehydrated roaches often have a flatter appearance. Give them plenty of food and water upon arrival, especially if they appear flat.
Within limits, you can adjust the size of your roaches to fit the size of your animal. To increase their size, provide them with food and water. To decrease it, withhold food and water for a day or more.